Miss Universe 2014 Contestant's Profile is Up. These profiles help us get to know them better and appreciate them more for what they have gone through and what they have accomplished before getting their chance to represent their respective countries to the most prestigious beauty pageant of all - Miss Universe. We have read some interesting trivia of these lovely ladies. Here are just some tidbits of information about these stunning contestants who captured my attention as well as some of their country's trivia:
Albania's Xhaneta Byberi took her mom's make up kit and started applying make up on her dog to make it look glamorous as possible.
Argentina's Valentina Ferrer would like to portray a down to earth image of a model. She also collects lucky charms. If she's wearing a certain object or piece of clothing in a lucky moment, she'll keep it as a lucky charm!
Austria's Julia Furdea always finishes a book even if she doesn't like it at the beginning because she will feel guilty if it gets better. She only drinks water just because she doesn't like juice.
Bolivia's Claudia Tavel did not obey her mother not to bring her roller skate inside the house and using it broke a collection of antique porcelain tableware.
Brazil's Melissa Gurgel always double check the refrigerator if its fully closed and likes to scare her friends when they're distracted
Bulgaria's Kristina Georgieva likes to eat with her bare hands
Canada's Chanel Beckenlehner was the youngest clinician in the history of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair (Canada's largest agricultural fair) to present a clinic series on training a young horse
Colombia's Paulina Vega sleeps with her eyes open. It is confusing because people don't know if she is awake or asleep!
Croatia's Ivana Misura ends almost every sentence by saying "kuzis?" or "stvarn'so?" in English it means "get it?" and "really?". She does it with a special accent to be funny. She also gives nicknames to absolutely everything: people, places, clothes, you name it! She has abbreviated names for almost every piece of clothing she owns.
Curacao's Laurien Angelista was crowned on her birthday June 7th 2014.
Ecuador's Alejandra Argudo is adopting a low income child's academic career as her Christmas present
Egypt's Lara Debanne loves watching all her Disney movies at least twice a year. She also likes to play with dolls once in a while, especially changing their clothes, doing their hair and acting out various scenes.
El Salvador's Patricia Murillo fell into a lake while riding her bike home with friends from her job at the beach hotel. They all laughed and made fun of her. She once dressed up as Speedy Gonzalez at the beach hotel she worked at. The kids ended up hitting and pushing her. She had to take the costume off so the kids could recognize her and gave her hugs after.
Finland's Bea Toivonen's mother was also a Miss Universe Finland and competed 30 years ago in Miss Universe 1985 also held in Miami, Florida.
Gabon's Maggaly Nguema is deeply involved in her projects for Leprosy patients and passionate about bringing awareness to it and fighting to end discrimination that lepers face in the surrounding communities. She also prefers to walk barefoot. She has a beauty day that she does all of her own beauty rituals. Everyone asks her why she still does it herself since winning Miss Universe Gabon, but it reminds her of when she had to learn these things by herself and she doesn't want to forget where she came from.
Georgia's Ana Zubashvili is a morning person. She often annoys her friends and colleagues by showing up in the morning singing, “gooooood mooooorning!!!”. She is also crazy in taking pictures of people's shoes especially women's and kid's shoes. She is also actively campaigning for social change and also skilled at her national dance.
Germany's Josefin Donat is known to have a natural charisma. She even describes herself as very persuasive and has a great convincing talent. She has a dog that looks like an alien or like a famous German soccer player Mesut Oezil.
Ghana's Abena Appiah can braid her own hair without a mirror, she can speak and sing like a man and can burp more than 50 times in a row.
Great Britain's Grace Levy was once featured on a popular dating show called "Take Me Out" and went on a date with a fire dancing hippie who worked for Greenpeace. He had dreadlocks down to his waist. Unfortunately, it didn't work out between them as it turns out that he only washed his hair once every three months. Grace Levy also neutered a cat during her veterinarian experience and she used to sleepwalk and ended up in many strange places.
Greece's Ismini Dafopulou used to call her school's principal "the tall and bald mountain" and got in trouble when he found out. She was also onced used by her father as a weight in his workout routine and she has enjoyed it more than anything.
Guam's Brittany Bell signs all her notes, cards and emails with her own coined salutation: "Faith, Love, and Smiles." She has traveled to 11 countries in just 3 years.
Each time that Guatemala's Ana Luisa Montufar sit's beside someone, she feels an impulse to try his or her food. It doesn't matter if her meal is better, she just needs to have a bite of their food. Whenever she goes to bed, she usually rocks herself for a minute to fall asleep faster.
Honduras' Gabriela Ordoñez proudest accomplishment is her 40 pound weight loss in only one year.
Hungary's Henrietta Kelemen loves scaeing people especially during Halloween.
India's Noyonita Lodh has a highly infectious laugh, is addicted to desserts and shopping is her stress reliever.
Ireland's Lisa Madden sleep talks only in her native language Irish.
Israel's Doron Matalon name is derived from the word gift.
Japan's Keiko Tsuji has a husky voice and once knocked out her opponent's front teeth in a karate match.
Kosovo's Artnesa Krasniqi never gains weight no matter how much she eats and her little sister looks a lot like her, so people often mistake the two of them for the same person.
Lithuania's Patricija Belousova often shops for shoes in kids stores because her feet are so small. She can never decided what to wear, and always asks other people to help her choose and she also over pack for trips that she has outfits for any mood she may be in while traveling.
Malaysia's Sabrina Bennett Gunung Mulu National Park in Sarawak is one of the longest networks of caves in the world and Sarawak Chamber being the world’s largest underground chamber and home to millions of bats.
When no one is looking and Mauritius' Pallavi Gungaram has something on her mind, she talks to herself. She literally will think aloud, weighing pros and cons to be able to make a good decision. She pats her own head whenever she has anything big coming up, such as exams or speeches to help boost her confidence level.
Mexico's Josselyn Garciglia is not a morning person and usually wakes up with an attitude of a little spoiled girl, which ends up being funny later. She is clumsy and trips on steps too much, sometimes she thinks she has two left feet.
Nigeria's Queen Celestine is really good with names. In a room filled with people, she will know everyone's name.
Norway's Elise Dalby tricks herself into believing that one piece of chocolate a day makes all the stress and troubles go away.
Paraguay's Sally Jara can imitate almost all of her foreign friend's accents.
Philippines' Mary Jean Lastimosa has always been deemed by her friends as the ‘love doctor,’ since high school giving advice about relationships. She likes visiting theme parks in different countries. She can spend her whole day trying out all the rides in theme parks over and over again. She says she is a kid magnet. There was an instance during an outreach event where the baby she was playing with wouldn't go with her mom when she needed to take her for an operation. The baby cried so hard because she wanted Mary Jean to carry her, and so she ended up being the one to take her inside the operating room.
Poland's Marcela Chmielowska loves to bake diet cakes and cookies.Marcela would have loved to see Whitney Houston sing live. She sometimes talks in her sleep.
Portugal's Patricia Da Silva's 6-year-old self comes out when she sees candy. When she sleeps alone she has to leave the lights on. Patricia loves to clean. She really loves dancing while cleaning and seeing everything shiny afterwards.
Russia's Yulia Alipova always gets bruises and normally has no idea where she got them from. She loves her cars. She even talks to them as if they were living beings and gives them names. Yulia is sure that one day she will fly into space.
Saint Lucia's Roxanne Didier-Nicholas has zip-lined in three different Caribbean islands; Antigua, Jamaica and St. Lucia. She found each experience uniquely thrilling.
Serbia's Andjelka Tomasevic likes telling jokes, but is not very good at telling them because she forgets the punch line halfway through. Since she was a little girl, she likes teasing her sister. Whenever she reads a book, she likes to move the bookmark a few pages ahead so she is confused when she picks up the book again.
Singapore's Rathi Menon's owns four classes of motor vehicle licenses in her country, two of which are motorcycle licenses.
Whenever something makes Slovenia's Urska Bracko to burst into laughter, it is really hard for her to stop laughing.
Spain's Desire Cordero has some funny stories to tell. Desire Cordero's father is a pilot and has a small airplane. One time he flew her from Seville to Madrid, Spain's capital city for her first date with her current boyfriend because she missed the train. There was also another time when she was a child, her grandma was too busy to go to supermarket so she gave her and her cousin some money for food but they bought a wonderful puppy instead. Just imagine her grandma's face. She also has to fly from Madrid to Dussedorf for a working assisgnment but there's a strike so she was forced to stay in the airport for three days. She was so committed for the job so she patiently waited for three days but was surprised to found out it only took an hour for the production to complete.
Sweden's Camilla Hansson has had the same perfume brand since she was 15. It is her signature fragrance and will never change it!
Trinidad and Tobago's Jevon King is addicted to court drama and detective TV shows like Criminal Minds, Law and Order or CSI. Just like any Trinbagonians, every year she is in full costume dancing to soca music through the streets of her capital city from sun up to sun down.
Turkey's Dilan Cicek Deniz was a lover of the arts at an early age. She published her poetry book when she was 15 gaining attention from highly respected Turkish authors and poets. She has always been interested in performing arts and has been on stage since she was 7 and started studying theater at age 14 at Ismail Baha Surelsan State Conservatory. She memorized Anton Chekhov's "The Good Doctor" when she was 7.
Whenever Turks and Caicos' Shanice Williams is bored, she raises her hands in the air without knowing it
Whenever Ukraine's Diana Garkusha shoots a gun, she always closes her eyes and still hitting the target. She can also hold hot objects for a long time.
USA's Nia Sanchez moved to Europe to become a nanny. Nia has worked as a full-time model for the past seven years and was chosen to be the face character of Hong Kong's Disney out of thousands of applicants. She has traveled to more than 15 countries and plans to go to more countries this year. She is also a 4th degree black belt Tae Kwon Do and instructor.
Venezuela's Migbelis Castellanos has a bad habit of putting her feet on a table. She also loves cooking and knows how to prepare a lot of recipes but is having a difficulty preparing easy recipes such as pasta.
Aruba is a tiny island with a population of more than 100,000 people coming from more than 190 countries.
Canada The lovable character of Winnie the Pooh was inspired from the real Canadian bear cub. A black bear cub from Canada was donated to a zoo in London, England in 1915. The bear was named "Winnie" after his hometown. A child named Christopher Robin Milne bonded with the bear cub and his father, A.A. Milne took this as an inspiration for his Winnie the Pooh stories.
Costa Rica is the only Latin American country without an army since 1949.
El Salvador The wildflower of Salvadoran tourism is a 36 km-long winding trip through brightly colored colonial towns famed for lazy weekends and adventures like mountain biking, horseback riding and hiking to hidden waterfalls of the glorious Cordillera Apaneca, this is called the ‘Flower Route’ or "Ruta de las Flores.
Ethiopia has its own calendar with 13 months, its own alphabet and numerals. Ethiopia is the birth place of coffee. Ethiopia is one of the only two African countries that has never been colonized.
Ghana's war against British colonialism was led by a woman named Yaa Asantewaa, Queen of Ejisu from 1900 to 1901.
Great Britain's famous Big Ben was the name given to the bell inside and not the clock tower. The Big Ben also chimes in the musical key E.
Greece is one of the safest and most beautiful countries to travel and enjoy beautiful vacations.
There is a point in Guam's history when generations were scolded for speaking in Chamorro and eventually it even stopped much of the younger generations from learning the language of their heritage. Now it is being revived for the present and future generation.
Guatemala is a beautiful country with a diverse ecosystem, 300 microclimates and 33 volcanoes, three of which are active. In Guatemala, you can go from a thick mist, to a dry and warm desert in only few minutes. Guatemala is also known as the cradle of Mayan civilization.
India is the birthplace of chess. The original word for chess in the Sanskrit language is "chaturanga" meaning four members of an army.
Ireland is home to the world's oldest field game, hurling.
Israel is the only democratic country in Middle East.
Lebanon - The first alphabet was created by Cadmus in Byblos, Lebanon. Byblos is the world's oldest continuously inhabited city in the world
Lithuania is well known for it's amber. The gemstone is often compared to gold or even pearls since they represent similar value. Moreover, the word 'amber' comes from the verb 'to protect.' Lithuanian people believe in its healthful and magic qualities. Today, amber is considered one of the oldest amulets.
Mexico - The Axolotl is native and endemic to Xochimilco Mexico and is in danger of extinction. One of the main qualities of the axolotl is that it is highly resistant to cancer and has an amazing ability to regenerate. Many scientists now study it in hopes of learning more about the creature.
Nicaragua is home to one of the oldest city's in Central America, Granada.
Nigeria has over five hundred indigenous languages.
Panama - No other country in the region has a more modern infrastructure and a business sector of American style. The Panamanians are globalized, peaceful, friendly and fun loving. Also, certainly one of the most ambitious and proudest works of all time that is our Panama Canal, which had a transformative effect on the planet. This year marks the first anniversary of this inauguration.
Paraguay's capital Asuncion, is older than any city in the United States. Asuncion was founded August 15, 1537.
Gender equality is deeply rooted in Philippine culture. From the 10th-13th century, the early native Filipinos praised a golden vessel called Kinnaris, a half-woman, half-bird creature that is renowned for her dance, song and poetry. Filipino women have always been blessed to be given equal rights in society even before the age of modern civilization.
Portugals' Lisbon trams are one of the biggest tourist attractions in Portugal. A fun fact that only a few people know is that in the past the trams were called "Americanos" since the trams had American origin.
Puerto Rico is a very small island, 100 x 35 miles wide, but it has many beautiful and interesting places to visit. A tropical rainforest, a 500-year-old city and the world's largest radio telescope to mention a few!
Russia is the largest country in the world, and home to 200 nationalities and ethnic groups. Russia hosts many different lifestyles and traditions that are deeply respected by others.
St. Lucia has two Nobel Laureates. Sir Arthur Lewis received the award for Economics and Derek Walcott received the award for Literature.
Singapore is an independent, sovereign democratic nation. They consists of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Eurasian communities, who speak and practice their own language, culture and religion. They live harmoniously despite varied ethnic backgrounds. Their differences unite us and make us unique as Singaporeans.
Slovenia is very green and diverse country where you can find practically anything. You can swim in the Adriatic Sea, drive an hour and ski in the Alps, explore caves, or simply go on a hike. We also have one magnificent lake named Bled.
In Sweden almost half of the parliament members are women. There is a sense of equality among everyone whether you are a man or a woman. In Sweden, regardless of your class you are treated with the same respect and have the same opportunities in the society.
Turkey most specifically in the town of Gobeklitene is where the world's oldest temple can be found. It is built roughly around 12,000 years ago.
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